Student Math Learning Jumps 7-10 Percentile Points in 3-State Efficacy Study

Sixth and Seventh Graders in NJ, MO, and SC saw dramatic improvements in math assessments after using LearnBop in classroom studies

Aug 25, 2015, 10:00 ET from Fuel Education

HERNDON, Va., Aug. 25, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Leading interactive math learning system LearnBop, an exclusive partner of Fuel Education™ (FuelEd™), today released results from a 3-state efficacy study showing students that used its product made a 7-10 percentile point gain in sixth and seventh grade math skills assessment.  Using both a control group, which did not use LearnBop, and a group that used LearnBop, the study compared the pre- and post-test assessments of more than 800 students.  The study found that after only 16 hours of use, students with LearnBop outperformed other students receiving traditional classroom instruction by 7-10 percentile points.

"This news comes at a crucial time," explained LearnBop founder and CEO Bharanidharan Rajakumar.  "Math scores in the US continue to decline in the face of tougher standards. Students need tools not just to help them master the basic concepts for any STEM related field but to learn them faster without sacrificing time for liberal arts topics.  It is vital that students have access to new ways of successfully mastering math skills."

The LearnBop platform uses a unique step-by-step approach to learning math, mirroring the personalized support that a student would get in a one-on-one tutoring session. Each step covers a concept students need to understand in order to solve the original problem they were assigned, which means that data on student performance regarding fundamental concepts is collected as students learn. Using LearnBop in their classrooms for the duration of the efficacy study, teachers were able to uncover the precise concepts students needed to study, and then utilize personalized learning resources to help students master those concepts, resulting in highly impressive and quantifiable improvements. 

Every step in LearnBop's system is tagged with a mathematical concept. This could be a concept based on a national standard, or a state standard specifically for AL, AZ, CA, FL, GA, IL, NY, PA, or TX. Additional state alignments are in development today. Because every step is tagged with a concept, data on student performance is collected in real-time while students learn. This data is presented to teachers in dashboard reports immediately available at the end of each session, and is incredibly valuable and time-saving in identifying students' specific knowledge gaps.

Teachers recognize the power that LearnBop gives them and the impact it makes on learning. Baltimore math teacher Chris Brida says that, "LearnBop is like having another teacher in the room. Even though my students start the year in different places regarding what they know, LearnBop helps every single one of them work at their own pace and master different standards, with everyone working toward the end goal of being successful in math."

"With class sizes growing, and school budgets shrinking, teachers and administrators are looking for proven solutions that work at scale," Rajakumar continued. "The results of this study are clear: using LearnBop, students can significantly enhance their own outcomes, and master critical math skills.  LearnBop works."

Results of the Efficacy Study can be found here.

As an exclusive partner to Fuel Education, LearnBop is also available through FuelEd's award-winning Personalized Learning Platform, PEAK™, an open, easy-to-use technology platform that provides a single, unified view of online and blended learning activities across multiple solutions for administrators, teachers, and students. PEAK provides intelligent reporting and analytics to help districts reduce system complexity and simplify administration as they adopt more digital and online learning solutions.

About LearnBop (http://www.LearnBop.com)
LearnBop, an exclusive partner of Fuel Education, is an award-winning adaptive learning system based in New York City. The LearnBop platform uses a unique step-by-step approach to learning math, mimicking the kind of support a student would get in a tutoring session. Each step covers a concept students need to understand in order to solve the original problem they were assigned, which means that data on student performance is collected as students learn.  Data are organized into intuitive dashboards that provide teachers with a dynamic view of class performance, down to each individual student. This means teachers can provide both individualized instruction and better-informed group instruction based on the unique learning contours and performance of their own classroom.

About Fuel Education
Fuel Education™ partners with school districts to fuel personalized learning and transform the education experience inside and outside the classroom. The company provides innovative solutions for pre-K through 12th grade that empower districts to implement successful online and blended learning programs. Its open, easy-to-use Personalized Learning Platform, PEAK™, enables teachers to customize courses using their own content, FuelEd courses and titles, third-party content, and open educational resources. Fuel Education offers the industry's largest catalog of digital curriculum, certified instruction, professional development, and educational services. FuelEd has helped 2,000 school districts to improve student outcomes and better serve diverse student populations. To learn more, visit getfueled.com and Twitter.

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